Twenty-one schools in the Jordan, Utah, district have adopted a program based on author Stephen Covey’s, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” in which they learn skills in leadership, conflict resolution and more.

The Leader In Me Program is intended to help transform the school culture for the better by helping students learn about accountability, communication and teamwork, while also instilling in them the importance of working toward their goals.

Sure, there’s the mathematics, social studies, reading and writing — all staples of elementary education.

But some Utah schools are asking students to broaden their learning spectrum, adding such things as conflict resolution, proactive thinking and raising social and academic expectations.

Twenty-one schools in the Jordan School District have incorporated the Leader In Me Program into their daily learning. The initiative, inspired by Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, focuses on transforming the culture of the classroom and beyond.

“The language that is spoken through the Seven Habits is so intuitive for the elementary school kids that it’s a natural to be implemented into the very fabric of the school academics, and into the hallways,” said Steve Hall, executive director of the Jordan Education Foundation.

The foundation has helped fund the program, which began with two schools — Eastlake Elementary in South Jordan and Falcon Ridge Elementary in West Jordan — back in 2009. Through fund-raising and donations from local businesses, the foundation is able to make available $5,000 to each participating school to fund the program.

Continue Reading:  The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

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